Page 1075 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 2 May 2006

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It is something that we should never forget. It always concerns me when I see anti-Semitism raising its ugly head. That is occurring in parts of Europe.

It was pleasing at this memorial service to see at least some of the governments in Europe now starting to do something to educate their people. I was particularly impressed to see that happening in eastern Europe, which has been a source of anti-Semitism for some time, in varying degrees, I might add. It was particularly concerning to see anti-Semitic acts being committed in western European countries, specifically France and a few others. That is something we all need to be particularly vigilant about. I do not think there is a more horrendous period of human history than those horrible events of World War II, when the Nazis attempted to exterminate an entire race and would have probably largely succeeded if they had not been beaten on the battlefield by the Allies. It is something that we must always be vigilant about.

I am pleased to see that at least the German people have certainly learnt their lesson and are certainly well aware of those horrendous events and do seek to make compensation. No compensation will ever bring back the dead but it is indicative that at least one country has realised the horrendous deeds of some of its forefathers. We should never forget that. It is important that it is taught in schools and that people are aware of just how inhumane people can be to other people and how we always need to be vigilant against rampant anti-Semitism and similar horrendous theories.

MR SPEAKER: The member’s time has expired.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 5.13 pm.

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